‘Creation Story’ goes public after eight years
Although E.J. Gold has lived in Penn Valley for more than 20 years, his visual and performance art just recently popped up throughout Nevada County.
That’s because he’s no longer confined to his Penn Valley home due to poor health. For most of the last 15 years, Gold had trouble walking and was in too much pain some days to get out of bed.
After undergoing successful surgery for an incarcerated hernia several months ago, however, Gold is walking again. He now refuses to sit still – it’s like he’s almost reborn again.
For starters, Gold teaches weekend art classes in Nevada City. He also runs the new 5th Ave. Gallery at 301 W. Main St., Grass Valley, and has an “Abstract Jazz” exhibit that opened last week at the Flying Hare, 102 Mill St., Grass Valley. He’s also directing the play he wrote in 1983, “The Creation Story Verbatim (A Divine Comedy),” which will be at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley Friday and Saturday.
This weekend marks the first time in eight years the play has been presented in public performances.
“The Creation Story Verbatim,” which first ran for eight months in New York in 1983 until Gold returned to Penn Valley for health reasons, has been seen periodically at Nevada Theatre and the American Victorian Museum, both in Nevada City, and at American River College in Sacramento.
For years in Nevada County and the Sacramento area, Gold also presented a smaller-scale version of the play starring Grace Kelly Rivera and Robbert Trice at private parties and events. From 1987 to 1992, Trice acted in the play every Saturday at the Truffle Shop in Nevada City.
Accompanied by a chorus, Rivera and Trice will publicly perform the play this weekend for two reasons: Gold’s health has improved, and the acting group just likes doing full-length productions.
Although Rivera has been cast as the Lord and Trice as Archangel Gabriel for 17 years in “Creative Story Verbatim,” the play is constantly being modified.
“As we speak, it’s changing,” Rivera laughed on Tuesday. Trice added, “Body parts change, lines change, the play has changed so many times, it should be called ‘all plays in one.'”
Gold interjects that the play only changes for the better, that it becomes funnier each time.
The play presents the Lord Herself in an unusual light, occasionally taking the role as characters including Rudolph Valentino and Judy Holliday, or visiting Disneyland; and an angel without wings who likes the game bingo.
Cast members agree the two-hour show is suitable for children.
“There’s no violence – no blood – it’s similar to what you’d see in a Marx Brothers (movie), tongue-in-cheek,” Gold clarified. “If you like ‘Beetlejuice,’ you’ll like this.”
KNOW & GO
WHAT: “The Creation Story Verbatim (A Divine Comedy)”
WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.
ADMISSION: $10. Tickets at 5th Ave. Gallery, Flying Hare, Truffle Shop, BriarPatch and at the door.
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